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Sea Cucumbers

Holothuria atra

   
(1: Reef's End, Molokini / 2-3: Garden Eel Cove, Kona / 4: Turtle Heaven, Kona)

These are all over the sandy flats of Molokini.  The teated sea cucumber is similar, but is found on rockier areas.


Hawaiian Spiky Sea Cucumber

Stichopus (sp?)

     
(1-2: No-Name Paradise, Lanai / 3: Harbor Ledges, Kauai / 4: Stone House, Kauai / 5: Coral Galleries, Kauai / 6: Dog Beach, Kona)

Tiny crabs live on the bottom of these:
(1: Cliffhanger, Kauai)


Hawaiian Yellow-Tip Sea Cucumber

Stichopus (sp?)

(1: Harbor Ledges, Kauai)


Keferstein's Sea Cucumber

Polyplectana kefersteini

  
(1: Pahoehoe Beach, Kona / 2: Kaloko Arches, Kona)


Light-Spotted Sea Cucumber

Holothuria hilla

    
(1: Kaloko Arches, Kona / 2: Kahalu'u Beach Park, Kona / 3-4: Garden Eel Cove, Kona / 5: Mile Marker 4, Kona)


Lion's Paw Sea Cucumber

Euapta godeffroyi

(1: Shark Fin, Lanai)

Usually out at night, hidden during the day.


Paradoxical Sea Cucumber

Bohadschia paradoxa

     
(1-3: Garden Eel Cove, Kona / 4: Reef's End, Molokini / 5: Dog Beach, Kona / 6: Turtle Heaven, Kona)


Plump Sea Cucumber

Actinopyga obesa

      
(1: Shark Fin, Lanai / 2: Kaloko Arches, Kona / 3: Ice Box, Kauai / 4: Three Fingers, Kauai / 5: Plate Lunch, Kauai / 6-7: Sheraton Caverns, Kauai)

In the 4th picture, note the beads of sand excreted by the sea cucumber.


Sea Cucumber

Bohadschia (sp?)

(1: Turtle Heaven, Kona)


Stubborn Sea Cucumber

Holothuria pervicax

 
(1-2: Kaloko Arches, Kona)


Teated Sea Cucumber

Holothuria whitmaei

     
(1: Kahalu'u Beach Park, Kona / 2: Kua Bay, Kona / 3: Sheraton Caverns, Kauai / 4: Hoover's, Kona / 5: Olowalu, Maui / 6: Buoy 2, Kauai)

Stockier than the black sea cucumber.  Usually found on rockier areas.


White-Spotted Sea Cucumber

Actinopyga mauritania

       
(1,4-5: Black Rock, Maui / 2: Kealia Beach, Maui / 3: Tortugas, Kauai / 6: No Name, Lanai / 7-8: Vertical Awareness, Lehua)

Note the sand excreted by the sea cucumber in the lower right of the second photo.